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Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

I used to love that Aussie commentator on Oliver's Betsen video. No idea what his name is but think he's retired now?

He was flattened. Absolutely creamed. Still lying flat on his face, sucking in the big ones. He got a beauty.

1 Week, 13 Hours ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

And he moisturises too...

https://twitter.com/stroudos/status/580457134992814080

Now we know his secret! These unsuspecting fly halves see that baby soft skin and assume he must be harmless.


1 Week, 1 Day ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

No it doesn't! It says lifting and dropping or driving.

1 Week, 1 Day ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Has he done anything else?

Dominates line-outs; wins almost every ball he jumps for, is a massive pain in the arse on opposition throws.
Pressurises ball-carriers with phenomenal line speed.
Very impressive work-rate in the loose, securing shitloads of ball without giving away penalties, (something some people seem to want to level at him).
Runs excellent support play including providing an outlet for the backs to offload - eg that one last year where Burrell was denied by Halfpenny's head - Lawes involved about three times in that move. Similar examples in this year's competition.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Oliver

Lawes tackles forwards all day long. Those tackles don't get posted on rugbydump because they're less spectacular and dramatic.

When you tackle a forward you usually only have to cover a couple of metres; to reach the flyhalf from a set-piece you need to have covered at least 10m and to have done so very quickly indeed. If you're a forward you're likely to be running into a smaller person and at full speed.

Should you, on recognising the disparity in size, soften your tackling technique to be considerate? Or capitalise on your relative strength and smash him? Bearing in mind of course that this is what you're paid to do and am have been training hard to do for all your adult life.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Wales cut loose in Rome for unbelievable second half against Italy

He needs one of those little posters next to his peg in the changing room to provide a reminder before he runs out:

Cuddle his arse, don't cuddle his cock.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

There is a direct and unequivocal correlation between Nigel Owens and really enjoyable games of rugby. He exerts such a calm but firm authority and at the same time seems to get the game to flow very naturally. I actually think with some other refs this would not have been a 12-try thriller.

Indeed above a few France fans criticising what they view as missed infringements but they are really clutching at straws. I think on balance he was even to both sides in hat respect. And he's always consistent.

His best bit was towards the end where Robshaw was starting to over-step the mark in terms of how the captain can speak to the ref. Owens raised an eyebrow, put on a bollocking face and went "Christopher...." Robshaw, suitably chastised, scuttled off tail between legs. I thought I even heard him mutter "sorry dad!" as he jogged away...

1 Week, 2 Days ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

What an amazing game. Best result possible for England. Proved to themselves that they can score tries when they back themselves to do so. Sneaking a big enough win to secure the championship would, I think, have given them too high an opinion of how far they had progressed. Missing out like this will help keep their feet on the ground and keep the hunger alive. The gaps in their game are also laid bare so they'll know what to work on - ie maintaining defensive discipline without so promising that attacking threat.

I would really like to know what was going through James Haskells mind when he did that trip! On France's own 22! It was as unnecessary as it was retarded. A pity too as he'd been having another good game until that point, in my opinion.

England should be quietly satisfied. The Ford-Youngs axis looks very impressive and they're really starting to work well as a combo. 3 or 4 examples in his match of having that instinctive awareness of each other's position in and movement. Youngs had his best match for England in a while. They have a decent set of backs who again are starting to gel together very nicely. Burrell deserves more credit than he gets in my opinion; having said that I can't see him keeping his place if a fit Tuilagi were available. They MUST keep Joseph trough - he personifies everything that is most exciting about England's attacking play.

Moments of the match for me:
Debaty- what?? How did he get to be in support for his try? Amazing speed for a prop. Maybe he knew he was about to be replaced so didn't need to worry about conserving energy?

Similarly, Dan Cole trying to catch Tillous-Borde! Looked like some shopkeeper chasing a young thief.






1 Week, 2 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Legal pressure on the flyhalf. Sans doute.

In slow motion the ball has already gone away. In real time he is smashed during the movement of passing the ball.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Courtney Lawes lays into another unsuspecting flyhalf, this time Jules Plisson

Best Twitter reaction I saw was David Flatman's:

@davidflatman: F**k wearing one of those from Lawes! Retirement never felt so good.

1 Week, 2 Days ago